Back at Yale after attending my first United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, I had a week to reflect on the final deliberations. I ended up at the Convention while taking a project-based course called “International Organizations and Conferences” that paired up with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre to help with their annual “Development and Climate Days” side event. The D&C Days as they are called, were held during the weekend of November 16 and 17 between the two weeks of the 19th UN Conference of Parties (COP).
Attending D&C Days was an eye-opening experience for me, as it brought together people from around the world from a number of different sectors. There were a number of goals for D&C Days. …
While there are a lot of good things that can come out of a lox and bagels brunch, international politics wouldn’t be one that immediately comes to mind. It turns out that brunch, complete with quiche and mimosas, provides a delightful canvas for some excellent alliance-making. A recent brunch in New York, hosted by Ambassador Stuart Beck of Palau, ended up being one of those occasions.
When our group, Yale’s Oceans Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Alliance, arrived, we were greeted by Ambassador Beck, the undeniable star of the show. Some of the players were already there, including Palau’s newest ambassador, Caleb Otto. Otto has a background in health and social services in Palau and he hopes to combat non-communicable diseases in Palau. Our team mingled, chatted with Palau’s United…
Youth Participation in the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) - We Can Do It?!
The UNFF is the international platform of 197 Member States and other stakeholders on all international forest-related policy processes. To encourage participation of civil society, the UNFF (like other UN bodies) has instituted Major Groups (MGs). Each MG communicates with the UNFF through their Focal Point. The objective of the Major Group Children and Youth (MGCY) is to bring the opinions, initiatives and proposals of the young generation into the international forest policy dialog. Making use of this platform and increasing its effectiveness is a great opportunity for all young people in the world to be heard.
Find the short UNFF video Finding Balance HERE.
The last main UNFF conference was the UNFF10 (= 10th…
Nearly 1300 participants took part in the tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF10) in Istanbul from April 8th – 19th 2013. For the first time, the biannual conference took place away from the UN Headquarters in New York. Over 50 ministers and high-level officials participated in the main negotiating topics:
- Forests in the post-2015 development agenda,
- Forests in a green economy,
- Payments for ecosystem services (PES),
- Introducing a sustainable development goal (SDG) on forests or natural resources, and
- A global legally binding instrument on forests.
The Forum agreed on measures to improve sustainable forest management (SFM) and recognized the necessity to set up a global fund to provide the required financial resources for implementation. Concerning the first resolution –…
In a few days, a conference that will influence international forest policy and management for the coming years will begin. The United Nations Forum on Forests 10th Session (UNFF10) will take place from April 8th – 19th in Istanbul, Turkey. With the theme “Forests and economic development” the conference will explore how the manifold benefits from forests can be realized and contribute to a green economy that improves food security, preserves biodiversity, and increases social equity.
Sub-themes of the conference will be:
- Forest products and services,
- National forest programs and other sectorial policies and strategies,
- Reducing risks and impacts of disasters,
- Benefits of forests and trees to urban communities.
What is Yale Doing at UNFF10?
The Yale School…